There have been Ferrari Yearbooks for almost as long as there has been Ferrari. The first ever edition, published in 1949, was a relatively brief affair of 58 pages, with the text all in Italian.
The black and white images were courtesy of the great pioneer Louis Klemantaski, whose work with Ferrari over the coming years would set a high standard for motorsport photography (Klemantaski would later race with Peter Collins in the 1957 Mille Miglia at the wheel of a Ferrari 335 S).
Prancing Horse victories in that year’s Giro di Sicilia, Mille Miglia, Le Mans 24 Hours and Spa 24 Hours, among others, were celebrated in the pages, as well as artists’ illustrations of drivers and circuit maps.
Now highly collectible, a copy in good condition will go for €8,000 (a complete Yearbook set from 1949-2007 went at auction for €57,500 in 2008), although a 20th-annivesary 1969 reprint will cost you rather less.
The latest issue, for 2016, is available now, all 246 pages of it. The striking Cavallino graphic on the cover echoes the design of that first issue, while inside you can still read of Ferrari successes on and off the track (available at store.ferrari.com)
There are also exclusive drive stories written by drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen, as they test out the LaFerrari Aperta and the new GTC4Lusso respectively. Basketball legend Kobe Bryant enjoys a visit to Maranello, U2 bass player tells us why collecting contemporary art has such strong parallels with collecting Ferraris and Nick Mason meets fellow rock star Peter Gabriel.